Most Beautiful and Least Desirable Counties

The five most beautiful counties in the United States, based on natural amenities such as topography, lakes and rivers, and climate, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

1. Humboldt, California
2. Mendocino, California
3. Del Norte, California
4. Lake, Colorado
5. Calaveras, California

The five least desirable counties, based on amenity deprivation:

1. Red Lake, Minnesota
2. Wilkin, Minnesota
3. Norman, Minnesota
4. Mower, Minnesota
5. Pembina, North Dakota

–Source: American Demographics (Nov. 1999)

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